Syllabus Fall 2019 Physics 35100

Physics 351                                             Mechanics                                                              Fall 2019


Instructor:  Joel Koplik

                  Office - Steinman 1M-19, phone - 650-8162, email -

                  Office hours:  Wednesday and Thursday 2-3 or “anytime”


Course schedule:  Monday and Wednesday 12 to 1:40 in MR 702


Prerequisites:  Physics 207-8, Math 391

Co-requisite: Math 346 or 392


Grades based on:   weekly problem sets:   ¼        

                                    weekly quizzes            ¼

                                    two in-class exams:     ¼

                                    final exam                   ¼  


Course outline:


            Newton's Laws

            Momentum and angular momentum

            Energy and work

            Lagrange's equations

            Central force motion

            Non-inertial references frames

            Rotational motion

            Coupled oscillations

            Hamiltonian dynamics


Textbook: Classical Mechanics by J. R. Taylor (University Science Books, 2005)


Similar books:

G. R. Fowles and G. L. Cassiday, Analytical Mechanics, 7th ed. (Thompson - Brooks/Cole 2005)

T. W. B. Kibble and F. H. Berkshire, Classical Mechanics 5th ed. (World, 2004)

S. T. Thornton and J. N. Marion, Classical Dynamics 5th ed. (Thompson - Brooks/Cole 2004)


Books with many solved problems:

D. Morin. Introduction to Classical Mechanics (Cambridge, 2007)

D. A. Wells, Lagrangian Dynamics (Schaum’s Outline Series, McGraw-Hill, 1967)


More advanced books:

H. Goldstein, C. Poole and J. Safko, Classical Mechanics, 3rd ed. (Addison-Wesley, 2002)

L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Analytical Dynamics 3rd ed. (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1976)


All additional course material (problem sets, solutions, supplements) will be posted on Blackboard.